International Reads: The Thing Around Your Neck

I tend to gravitate to stories about immigration or stories about people in different countries outside of the United States. After reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (which I absolutely loved), I needed to pick up another of her books. I found The Thing Around Your Neck at a local library. A collection of short stories that ties characters to Nigeria and the U.S. The first … Continue reading International Reads: The Thing Around Your Neck

Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours

Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours Writing Success Program (WSP) Drop-In Hours – Spring 2017 NOTE: Drop-ins are intended for shorter questions and run from 15 to 30 minutes. To schedule a longer session with a counselor please visit: wspucla.setmore.com View our hours below. We look forward to seeing you soon! WSP Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours Monday – Thursday: 3 PM – 5 PM Friday: No Drop-Ins Saturday – Sunday: Closed Continue reading Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours

Winter 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Do you need a little help brushing up your final paper? Would you like some feedback on your job or graduate school applications? Come to WSP! We are offering drop-in hours during finals week for any last-minute questions. This is your last chance to see a writing counselor before the start of winter break. Please look below for more information on our finals week drop-in times: Monday and Tuesday from 11AM to … Continue reading Winter 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Prompt 9: Story Based On Favorite Song

What’s your favorite song? Write a short story based off of your favorite song. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. Emailing hkim@cpo.ucla.edu Include a short note in the email indicating whether or not you want your writing to be posted on the blog for you (if … Continue reading Prompt 9: Story Based On Favorite Song

Prompt 7: A Day in the Life of a Pathogen

Midterms are rolling around again at UCLA. It would be awful to catch a cold during this stressful time. Write a story from the perspective of a virus or bacteria. (This question is credited to Gaby Cuevas, our Assistant Director.) Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the … Continue reading Prompt 7: A Day in the Life of a Pathogen

Prompt 5: Martin Luther King Jr.

Did you know? Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at UCLA in 1965. You can find the recording here. Last Monday, January 16, was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thanks to that, we could enjoy a three-day weekend right after winter break ended. But there is something else, we should thank Dr. King for: civil rights. If you could meet Martin Luther King Jr., what would … Continue reading Prompt 5: Martin Luther King Jr.

Winter Welcome and Updates

Dear Readers, I cordially welcome you back to another quarter with us. As we look forward into a new quarter and a new year, I would like to remind you of a few things regarding the Writing Success Program and our blog. ESL/ELL Counselor This quarter we are welcoming back one of our previous counselors, Monica Mendoza, to the team. She is taking up the … Continue reading Winter Welcome and Updates

Looking to my Roots

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the … Continue reading Looking to my Roots

A Tale of Two Dentists

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the … Continue reading A Tale of Two Dentists

The America My Dad Dreamed Of

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the process. … Continue reading The America My Dad Dreamed Of

“I will give you 111%.”

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the process. … Continue reading “I will give you 111%.”

Fall 2016 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Do you need a little help brushing up your final paper? Would you like some feedback on your job or graduate school applications? Come to WSP! We are offering drop-in hours during finals week for any last-minute questions. This is your last chance to see a writing counselor before the start of winter break. Please look below for more information on our finals week drop-in times: Monday through Wednesday from 1PM to 5PM. Finals week … Continue reading Fall 2016 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Prompt 3: Describe your Ideal Day

If you could do anything (within the natural laws of this world…i.e. no magic or superpowers) and you had one day to do it, what would you do? In short, describe your ideal day. When do you wake up? Where are you? Who are you with? What do you eat or do? Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week … Continue reading Prompt 3: Describe your Ideal Day

Archives: The Art of Criticism

This post is an On Writing piece from our Archives. It was first published in 2014 and was written by one of our past counselors named Kanyin Ajayi. These are her words… “Tis hard to say, if greater Want of Skill Appear in Writing or in Judging ill,” – Alexander Pope, “An Essay on Criticism” This post is a “How To” on literary (and largely, cultural) criticism. Many of us are thrown into mandatory … Continue reading Archives: The Art of Criticism

Prompt 2: Encounters on the Commute

A funny flyer? A man walking his dog? A weirdly shaped door handle? A butterfly? Most of us bustle about every day to get to a workplace, a class, practice, or a meeting – but do you ever take a moment to notice the world around you as you hurry through your busy life? Write about something that you encountered during your commute that made you smile, internally or externally. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next … Continue reading Prompt 2: Encounters on the Commute

Introducing the Weekend Writing Warrior!

Hello Dear Readers, I am elated to announce that WSP is launching a new project called the Weekend Writing Warrior (WWW). From this week onwards, I will post a new prompt that everyone and anyone is invited to answer. Each Friday, the prompt will go up on our blog and our Facebook page at 5 PM, and will be “live” until the next prompt is posted the following week.* Writers may answer the … Continue reading Introducing the Weekend Writing Warrior!

First Note: Hello

Hello. I am Haesoo Kim, the Communications Coordinator for WSP and, by extension, the content editor for our blog The Waterhole. This new category, Notes From the Editor, came about as a result of our staff more than doubling in size since WSP was founded 15 years ago. Now that we have enough counselors for the 5 daily themed posts per week, I, as the content editor, no … Continue reading First Note: Hello

Daily Tidbit: Breaking Down “media res”

The literal definition of the Latin term media res is “in the midst of things.” When it comes to literary works, media res refers to the common trope of starting stories after important events have already happened. A great example is the Odyssey. The Odyssey begins after the main character, Odysseus, fights in a war and kills a wild sea monster, is kidnapped by a nymph, and witnesses his comrades turn into … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Breaking Down “media res”